On May 3-4, 2017, Executive Director Monique Auffrey presented two workshops hosted by the Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Society Annual Conference on the topics of Trauma and Homelessness. 


Participated in Calgary consultation process which lead to the document; 'Indigenous Women Fleeing Domestic Violence, Housing and Homelessness' funded by Policy Wise for Children and Families.


In September, Executive Director Monique Auffrey attended the "Shelters for Victims of Family Violence Expert Roundtable" for CMHC National Housing Strategy sessions in Ottawa for the Federal Government. Provincially, Monique was an active participant in the "Affordable Housing Targeted Engagement Session" as part of the development of the Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy.


Our staff delivered 14 external presentations at a broad range of events. Monique Auffrey presented at the International Summit on Violence, Abuse & Trauma (IVAT) in San Diego on “Applying Housing First for Women Fleeing Domestic Abuse”. Presentations were also made at Third World Conference of Women’s Shelters in The Hague; The International Training Summit on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Trauma Across the Lifespan in Hawaii; and The Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 4 in Toronto.



Discovery House presented at the Canadian Domestic Violence Conference in Toronto on our experience implementing "Housing First" programming.


The Community Housing Program achieved a three-year accreditation from the Canadian Accreditation Council and the program manual was added to their national library as an example of best practice. Discovery House co-presented our experience with implementing "Housing First" programs for families leaving domestic violence with Australia’s Wimlah Women and Children’s Outreach Service at The Second World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, DC.


"The Discovery House 'Housing First' experience for Women and Children Fleeing Family Violence and Home-based Case Management" paper was presented at the National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference in Washington, D.C.


Discovery House was profiled as a model of excellence at the first World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Edmonton. We shared best practices and knowledge with representatives from 51 nations.





Monique Auffrey co-authored a chapter titled "Preventing homelessness for women who leave abusive partners: A shelter-based "Housing First" program" to the book: 

Seeking safety and justice: Innovations and research on interventions to address intimate partner violence.

Auffrey, M., Tutty, L.M., & Wright, A.C. (2016). Preventing homelessness for women who leave abusive partners: A shelter-based "Housing First" program. In T. Augusta-Scott, K.Scott. & L. Tutty (Eds.) New York, NY: Routledge

2013 / 2014 

Monique Auffrey was an active participant in the research University of Calgary Faculty of Social Work’s Comparison of Four Housing First Programs, a report prepared for Service Canada by Jeannette Waegemakers Schiff, PhD.



A provincial guide, Safely On Your Way created by the Legal Information Society of Nova Scotia for child custody and access information for women leaving abusive relationships was developed with Monique Auffrey's input.